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Radio station call in from a lady regarding Deer Crossing Signs. Funny, you won't believe your ears!
July 3 at 14:49 EST .

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   Deborah Grannet  Did anyone watch the first season of TURN on AMC? I've been dying to hear what fellow conservatives think about it, but no one seems to have watched... apparently AMC needs to promote it more. Although it has been renewed for a second season--
July 1 at 14:37 EST .

   Richdet  My wife and I have enjoyed "Turn" very much. It's about the creation of the spy ring known as the Culper Ring during the American Revolution. It depicts a young farmer, son of a Loyalist, who gradually gets drawn into spying for George Washington behind enemy lines in 1776 after the British have taken over New York City. The story is mainly set in Setauket, NY.

The acting is uniformly wonderful, with the villainous Captain Simcoe a standout. I don't like the romantic subplot (people who know the show will know what I mean ) but I suppose that's necessary to try to hang on to a broader audience. I was delighted to hear of the show's being renewed last week. As the narrative moves further into the expansion of the spy ring, the program should become even more compelling.

The source material for the show is the book "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring," by Alexander Rose, which was published just a few years ago. My wife, who loves the tv show, just read the book and found the account there even more engrossing. So that is highly recommended as well.
July 2 at 08:07 EST .

   MeiDei  I saw the first two episodes and missed all but the last which was available OnDemand; unfortunately, the middle programs were not.

I know the story but not as well as I would like. I agree with the above poster regarding the romantic subplot. Besides Rose's book there are several including Brian Kilmeade's book. Simcoe is a show stealer, did the major actually strangle him?
July 2 at 11:07 EST .

   Wrightwinger  This is a video expressing serious reservations about global warming/climate change. The speaker is the founder of the Weather Channel!
June 30 at 08:42 EST .

   Phooey  Excellent-- a great history lesson.
July 2 at 16:38 EST .

   MeiDei  I just watched a 2004 movie "Around the Bend" with Michael Caine, Josh Lucas (both of 2nd Hand Lions ) & Christopher Walken. A story about 4 generations of father/son relationships, skeletons in the closet and reconciliation. The little kid is gifted. It was shown earlier today on one of the many cable channels. A moving story with some sad parts sprinkled with humor. Memorable. You might have to check your cable On Demand feature to pull it up.
June 25 at 17:19 EST .

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   StormCnter  This belongs on the Movies wall, but that wall isn't really used for discussion of current movies, so I'll put this question here. Has anyone else seen "Her" and what did you think? Truly bizarre, but I was engrossed by the last half.
June 22 at 05:58 EST .

   10 people like this.

   MeiDei  Downton Abbey has added Sue Johnston to the cast for season five. The actress, known largely in the UK for Waking The Dead, The Royle Family and soap Coronation Street, will have the formidable task of playing Denker, Lady’s Maid to Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess. Johnston joins other previously announced guest actors, Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia. The Carnival Films produced ITV saga returns in the fall to the UK.
June 20 at 21:22 EST .

   2 people like this.

   StormCnter  I cannot wait. My middle granddaughter, age 16, and I are huge fans of "Downton Abbey".
June 22 at 05:56 EST .

  10 people like this.

   MeiDei  I'm equally looking forward to it, especially Richard E. Grant's role. I've seen him in comedy, drama and those farce commercials that used to be fillers for some PBS program.
June 22 at 13:59 EST .

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   Sistersuzey  I've copied the first comment after the video as an explanation. "In August of 1941, more than 23,000 Hungarian Jews are murdered by the Gestapo in occupied Ukraine. All told, more than 600,000 Jews had been murdered in Ukraine by war's end. I believe Miss Simonova's drawings were in remembrance of that time. Very very sad days for them."
May 14 at 20:25 EST .

   7 people like this.

   Sistersuzey  Wasn't sure if this was the right place to put it but did want to share.
May 14 at 20:32 EST .

  6 people like this.

   Wrightwinger  This is awesome talent!
May 20 at 21:24 EST .

  4 people like this.

   MeiDei  Very moving & brought back to mind my uncle's wife who was Ukrainian. Fortunately her father got his family out before the atrocities & WWI; her shared memories of their escape & that which led to it remain with me today with sadness.

Thanks for posting, it's well that we should remember.
June 10 at 13:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  Downton Abbey is currently being filmed. In reading back comments I'm led to throw in a teaser here....I think Charles Blake (Julian Overton - the son in Foyle's War PBS )is the one Mary is most suited for. He's the one she goes to for advice, he's the one she got mucked up with in the barn. He's the one she can be her true self with. I thought she leaned towards him rather than Gilliam & he's persistent & much more Matthew-like.
April 29 at 14:38 EST .

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   StormCnter  But he has neither money nor an upper-class heritage. However, Mary might not mind. Remember in the first episode when the Turkish diplomat died in her bed?
May 1 at 17:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  The Turkish diplomat ... hmmm Do you not think Mary is evolving from the old ways - and will go for strength vs. old money. I would but then I've never suffered extreme privilege :> ) Mother always said "don't judge others by yourself" so we'll just have to wait and see.
May 28 at 11:28 EST .

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   RoseOfTexas  I thought at the end it was revealed he did have money? Was heir to some fortune &/or estate? Poor Mary, so many suitors I can't keep them straight.
June 14 at 01:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good catch on that point Rose - makes him much more attractive, don't you think?
June 14 at 09:17 EST .

  5 people like this.

   StormCnter  Anyone else following "Amish Mafia"? I have a weird attraction to that show.
April 11 at 06:18 EST .

   17 people like this.

   MeiDei  You & my son!
April 29 at 13:59 EST .

  19 people like this.

   StormCnter  Lebanon Levi reminds me so much of a lifelong friend, but I wouldn't dare tell him so. I'm kind of fond of Levi.
May 1 at 10:08 EST .

  17 people like this.

   StormCnter  This more properly belongs on the Movie wall, but that wall isn't used for discussing movies anymore. So...has anyone else seen "August: Osage County" and what did you think of it? I watched it yesterday. Intense is the best description I can offer.
April 10 at 05:26 EST .

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   Yottyhere  I hope some others who have seen the movie comment with you. I had read about that movie the original screen play in Wikipedia and it sounded pretty intense and then when I read that Hollywood had made the movie I wondered about the casting....
Julia Roberts as Barbara seemed to me as a miscast how do you think she did?
April 10 at 13:02 EST .

  19 people like this.

   StormCnter  I thought everyone in the movie was great and Julia Roberts turned in the finest performance I have seen. But, I was surprised at the dark turns of the plot and the truly ugly confrontations among the family members. I felt a bit wrung out when it was over.
April 10 at 13:55 EST .

  20 people like this.

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